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2000: Foundation of the research association E-Commerce Competence Center (EC3) as an innovation center of leading companies, the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Economics and Technical University of Vienna. In the hype of the New Economy, EC3 starts operating the research association together with SMEs and the large Austrian IT companies.
2001-2003: EC3 establishes itself as a research institution on Austrian and European level. On an annual basis, EC3 carries out research assignments together with the business partners. At European level, several research projects in the framework of the European Commission successfully carried out. Due to the decline of the New Economy hype, EC3 loses some of its big association members.
2004: The drop out of large company partners is compensated by winning over several innovative SMEs. As a spin-off of the research association, EC3 Networks GmbH is founded in order to exploit the research results on the market.
2005-2007: In the end of 2004, the research association EC3 is evaluated by the Christian Doppler Gesellschaft (CDG) according to the plan (four-year evaluation) and, due to the outstanding reviews, EC3 is authorized for further three years in the excellence program.
2007: The longtime employee Michael Tremmel is entrusted with the management of EC3 Networks. With the expiry of seven years in the excellence program, the scientific director Dr. Karl Fröschl leaves the research association and returns to the University of Vienna.
2008: Together with its subsidiary EC3 Networks GmbH, EC3 moves from its former location, the Techgate Vienna, to the first district of Vienna. Michael Tremmel,who is already General Manager of EC3 Networks GmbH, is also appointed as the sole General Manager of EC3. The research association is restructured, moving away from a center structure and orienting at a project-based organization unit. Furthermore, EC3 and the growing EC3 Networks are now even stronger interwoven, and the member structure of the research association changes from institutional members to a membership of individuals.